Walk 1-1: Cairnsmore of Fleet

Walkfest 2017 starts and finishes with "Newton Stewart's Hill" - Cairnsmore of Fleet.


This route starts at Brockloch Bridge adjacent to the Red Deer Range, with walkers enjoying a gentle walk up the forest road. The route gradually opens up to lovely views down the Palnure Valley and Murray's Monument.

Leaving the forest an ascent of 250 metres over rough ground leads to Millfore and Craignelder followed with a short descent to the quaintly named Coo Lochans.

A short climb past the Deer's Den to Meikle Mulltaggart is followed by a similar descent to a col before the final steep climb to the top of Cairnsmore of Fleet (711 metres).  The southerly position of this hill gives a vista of the neighbouring ranges and on a clear day several other kingdoms are visible.

A memorial to those who lost their lives in aircraft accidents is passed on the descent which uses a good path that zigzags down the hill through forest.

Emerging at the estate steading, a farm track leads to the finish at a former railway viaduct.

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End Location

Register from 07:45
Depart at 08:15
Travel time 30 minutes
Start from NX 523 732
End at NX 463 631
Return travel time 15 minutes
Return by 16:30
Price (Adult) £10.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £10.00
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Walk 1-1: Cairnsmore of Fleet